I got in three dramas in October, and each of them were interesting in their own ways. It was the epic historical Arthdal Chronicles, the supernatural comedy thriller When the Devil Calls Your Name, and the lighter historical Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung that kept me entertained:
Arthdal Chronicles was a nice change for a historical with its ancient fantasy genre. With a big budget and gorgeous cinematography, it really set the stage for the magical world of Arthdal. The show was quite dark and did well with building up tension and intrigue.
Overall, Arthdal Chronicles was a unique experience. While it was a bit more political than I would like and had a lot of unlikable characters, it had a complex story, fantastic production, and a group of very talented actors. It got better as it went and brought everything together in very interesting ways. It was a great first attempt at this sort of genre, and I hope to see more kdramas try it in the future. (Arthdal Chronicles Review)
When the Devil Calls Your Name
When the Devil Calls Your Name was overall an excellent series with the only major flaw for me being that the pacing was slow. But there were high stakes and consistent plot developments all the way through that kept things interesting as they peeled back the layers to the characters’ complicated stories.
The acting was phenomenal too. We had two powerhouse actors headlining with Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sung Woong pitted against each. And they were fantastic! Our leading ladies of Lee Seol and Lee El were also just as good and gave such engaging performances.
When the Devil Calls Your Name was really well done. Although it had a distinct slowness throughout, the script, the acting, the production, and the soundtrack were all top notch. It’s fairly unique with it interesting mixture of genres, and that made for a mostly entertaining watch. (When the Devil Calls Your Name Review)
Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung is a somewhat lighter historical that was super easy to watch. It felt fairly unique with its workplace focus on the lives of female historians and all of the challenges they faced that was mixed in with a lovely romance as well as some palace intrigue surrounding a mystery.
I really loved Shin Se Kyung and Cha Eun Woo as a couple. They both gave wonderful performances and were just adorable together. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung was a pleasant drama overall. It wasn’t exactly riveting, but I quite enjoyed it. The humor was balanced well with the heavier themes, and it was a nice drama to just relax to and enjoy the story it had to tell. (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung Review)
So how was October for you?
Happy drama watching to everyone!
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